I'd just like to say that after researching a while, I tried Azure and GearHost. I ended up going with GearHost. (Azure's SDK & etc. just complicated things unnecessarily for my relatively small project.) I'd recommend GearHost. Their interface is easy to use and they give you lots of useful examples of connection strings, email and other such things that made it really easy for me to figure out how to configure my project to work in their production environment.